Found 11th Aug 2008
Hey all, I like putting silicone sealant on things, like in window frame corners and bathroom etc. Just wondering, how do you do it so it goes in a lovely neat way?

When I seal my bath etc, it goes all over the place, then I try to use my finger to smooth it, that just makes it worse. Is there a tool?

Thanks in advance !

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u can use a bit of card or plastic - secret is dont put too much on at start
and take your time and be patient

make sure you don't put too much on in the first place, when you do use your finger to smooth it put washing up liquid on your finger first.

I've always just used a finger, make sure you keep it really wet so the silicone doesn't stick to you though because its a nightmare to get off. I usually just put a little bit around the edge of the bath, run my finger around it as smoothly as I can, then re-apply where it seems thin.

Tape off with masking tape then use washing up liquid.

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Yup. I always make sure I have a dab of washing up liquid also. I did buy a tool that is meant to give a good finish. That only works if you have really good and straight right angles to play with.

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I've used the card methos, I've used the washing up liquid method, I've pretty much done it every way possible, and every time it came out rubbish.

The best way, is to do as chris said, it takes some time to learn, but thats how the professionals do it. Wet your finger, dont apply too much, and run it along the sealant pressing firmly.

I would recommend you try a bit first, remove it, then try again until you get it right :thumbsup:

always reccommend a wet finger, i have got some joint boy things which are rubber shapes that you rub along the sealant to give it a good finish but its just as good. just keep trying

Dumper;2724787

Tape off with masking tape then use washing up liquid.



:thumbsup::thumbsup: in one !

When going around a bath, use the rounded tip of a teaspoon dipped in washing up liquid, gives a lovely even finish! :thumbsup:

im a glazier and the best way to do it is make sure your nozzle has a got a good angle cut on it and when applying dont put to much on instead have good pressure on the trigger and gently and quickly move the silicone over the gap another tip is when holding the gun keep it at a good upright angle ,,, hope this helps

also dont use pure washing up liquid as this is bad for the silicone mix a lot of water in it untill u get a weak soapy water then spray on then gently rub your finger over the top of it

Saliva works really well.
It might sound a bit suspect but try spitting on your finger, it gives better control than if you were using a tool :thumbsup:

remember to fill the bath before going round the top or it will crack

littletinyphil;2725937

remember to fill the bath before going round the top or it will crack



Good one !

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littletinyphil;2725937

remember to fill the bath before going round the top or it will crack



ive just done this, but it was the area behind my taps. made a right mess of things

Think I need to get a professional in for this one me thinks.

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anyone know the best way to get the old stuff out when renewing it!

RFC;2815309

anyone know the best way to get the old stuff out when renewing it!



Try HG silicon seal remover :thumbsup:

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fox2020;2815386

Try HG silicon seal remover :thumbsup:



was gonna use a stanley:?

cheers for that!:thumbsup:
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